In a surprise move, the Supreme Court will decide whether Amex may bar merchants from steering customers to less expensive card networks. The card issuer will have to prove the consumer gain from its practices outweighs the merchant pain.
The $13.7 billion acquisition could have significant implications for swipe-fee revenue and other grocers' in-store branches. It also raises the question of whether the Seattle e-commerce goliath will soon set its sights on the financial services industry.
Bank earnings could be hurt this year as big retailers close stores and file for bankruptcy. The situation has sparked a debate about how much CRE and C&I books will suffer just as lenders were putting other commercial woes behind them.